January 8, 2012 Subject:
Case History: the Porters
Mrs. Porter experiences meltdown when her husband spills ketchup on her carefully set dining room table. She jumps up and cries out, "Oh! I wish somebody would invent a ketchup bottle that squirts where you aim it!" But is ketchup really the problem here? Maybe what sheÂs really saying is, "I wish somebody would invent a husband who doesnÂt dump ketchup all over his food!" "Mrs. Porter," interrupts the announcer, "Ive got the next best thing! "Bounty paper towels that absorb like magic!" And sure enough, thanks to trick photography, Mrs. Porter cleans up the ketchup mess in a jiffy while Mr. Porter passively looks on. Why can't he clean up his own messes? No wonder Mrs. Porter is a nervous wreck.
"It sort of feels different too!" she enthuses, holding the towels while Mr. Porter silently fondles them. Obviously, Mr. Porter has behavioral problems that go beyond paper products. The gullible Porters go shopping and stock up on Bounty. Mr. Porter even helps his wife put the paper towels away in what looks like a backless cupboard in their kitchen. It's a strange sight, but neither of them seem to notice it. Ketchup spills may be the least of this couple's problems.
1. This commercial is truely timeless. As late as the mid-1990's, I was still seeing commercials almost exactly the same as this for various Paper Towel products.
2. This commercial works on a International level, in the sense that this commercial is American, and I'm from another English-speaking country, and as noted above, this exact same type of commercial was still being done where I live decades after this aired.
3. A Previous review (Guess which one) has, as with all of her reviews, managed to take a intentionally disposable commercial and review it as if it was a Evening News story on a couple on the verge of killing each other.
July 30, 2005 Subject:
Hey kids, try this trick at parties!
The bounty paper towel can suck moisture up like magic! WOW! And hopefully Mrs. Porter won't be getting any more grey hairs from having to deal with her husband.
February 22, 2004 Subject:
That darn ketchup! Whenever will it go where it's aimed? Highlights of this advert are the paper towel-hoarding scene and the beatific smile of Mrs Porter as she feels the "six-ingredient" goodness of new Bounty.
Reviewer:Christine Hennig -
October 8, 2003 Subject:
This pre-Rosie Bounty commercial features an extremely stupid married couple and an incredible special effect that makes it look like spills will actually jump off the table into the paper towel if you just wave it over it. After being thoroughly amazed by this, and way too amused by the sound the paper towel makes when you snap it back and forth, the couple puts away a bunch of rolls of Bounty, blissfully unaware that their storage shelf is also a windowsill. This commercial is a great deal of fun and a necessary edition to anyone's tv commercial collection.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.
September 3, 2003 Subject:
Yes, this ad sucks.
Mrs Porter (in a fab flip do) is disgusted! Dissgusted I tell you by not having a ketchup bottle that doesn't pour correctly! The narrator suggests the next best thing, New Bounty paper towels that, in a bit of false advertising, sucks it up.. like magic! Then, in a SUSPICIOUS demonstration that shows a towel just SUCKING up ketchup, we see the towel in action! Mrs Porter uh, sure also likes the way it feels too. (Note the euphoria on her face), she likes how strong it is too! Soon, the Porters are stocking their shelves sky high with brand new Bounty! A MUST SEE!